I use this brush a whenever I'm in a hurry to shave. The small size and stiff bristles create a thick creamy lather that provides great lubrication. It doesn't take much soap, water, or time to get it going. Pure Badger is underrated for its ability to create a great lather. The value for the price can't be beat.
The only downside is that the brush I received had a very strong badger funk stink. I tried all the remedies of soaking in citrus cleaning solution, etc..., and nothing really worked. The only thing that worked was time using a citrus-based soap without tallow. I tried it once with a tallow-based soap with musky scent, and nearly threw up. But after a month of break-in, the funk was gone, and it works great on all types of soaps. Perhaps a fair tradeoff for such an inexpensive brush, and perhaps the more expensive pure badger brushes have less odor out of the box.